Indira Yadira Ariana García Varela

Indira Yadira
  • Ph.D. Student
  • Medieval/Early Modern Iberia and the Mediterranean
  • Advisor: Dr. Patricia Manning
  • College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, Spanish & Portuguese

Contact Info

Wescoe Hall 2031
Lawrence, KS


Indira (Chihuahua, México) is a Ph.D. student in the Spanish and Portuguese department and she is currently pursuing the Museum Studies Certificate at this same institution. She has a wide range of interests in literature and visual arts, including drama and poetry. Her research focuses on the common ground within the visuality of language and pictorial artefacts. She is particularly interested in biopolitics in the arts to understand the continuity of the “old” production with the “new” highlighting the genesis of the arts, incorporating a variety of literary genres, and various artistic medias such as painting, theater and photography. Her research is mostly trans-geographic and anachronic.

She received her BA in Art History and Philosophy and a minor in Museum Studies, from Arizona State University in 2012. She also received her MA in Spanish Literature from the same institution, where she wrote a thesis focusing on rethinking the image of Gertrudis Gómez de Avellaneda, under the supervision of Dr. Emil Volek. Indira has also received an MA in Spanish from the University of Kansas in 2017. During 2018-2019, she was the vice-president of the Graduate Association of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese (GRASP). Outside academia, she is editor of Digitus Indie Publisher and the founder and curator of Kantart Photo Gallery.


Research interests:

  • Visual Studies
  • Critical and Literary Theory
  • Biopolitics
  • 15th and 17th-Century Visual Arts
  • Museum Studies
  • Photography


Teaching interests:

  • Communicative Language Teaching
  • Safe Zone Training
  • Online Teaching Training
  • Socio-Cultural Approach
  • Diversity & Inclusivity
  • Approachable

Selected Publications

"Ellas, en la idílica fotografía de Alexander Caballero Díaz"

“La Frontera y el paisaje. Fotografías de Elsa Medina”. Encontraste Colectivo Digital, December  2012: 118-199.

“Ritmo hesicástico: Nueve ensayos sobre Lezama”. Carátula. Revista Cultural Centroamericana 61, 2014: 80-84.

Contrapuntos V: The Gaze, editor. Spring 2018.

Contrapuntos VI: Ciudades (in)visibles, co-editor. Fall 2018.

Contrapuntos VII: Eros & Tanatos, co-editor. Fall 2019.

Contrapuntos VIII: Patiens, co-editor. Fall 2020.

Group Online Exhibition, Books of Hours: The Art of Devotion. Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas, Lawrence (Catalogue),

Selected Presentations

“Amadís de Gaula: an Iberian Text Analogous to the Semiosphere”. Medieval Association of the Midwest Conference, Lawrence, October, 2017.

“The Gaze: an Intersectional Conversation”. University of Kansas, Lawrence, October, 2017.

“Presentación de la revista Contrapuntos V”. Biblioteca Pública Municipal de Ares (España), December 2017.

“Las traducciones fronterizas de Amadís de Gaula: transformación, visualidad y significado”. Spanish and Portuguese Graduate Research Colloquium, March 2019.

Awards & Honors

2020-2021       English Lectureship in Santiago de Compostela, University of Santiago de Compostela

2020       Alva V. Ebersole Award, Spanish and Portuguese Department, University of Kansas

2019       Unruh Research and Travel Award, Spanish and Portuguese Department, University of Kansas

2019       Graduate Research Consultant Award, Center for Undergraduate Research, University of Kansas

2018       Medieval and Early Modern Studies Certificate, School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, University of Kansas